[time-nuts] Lady Heather Version 5 is now available

Peter Putnam ni6e at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 20 23:58:17 EST 2016


Thank you very much for the effort you put into the new Lady Heather 
Version 5 code.

Comments from other linux users encouraged me to try my luck with a 
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. The code compiled without issue and runs perfectly.

The pre-configured "heather.cfg" file is a nice touch, considering the 
many new options. Old options add in easily.

Regarding the Raspberry Pi display...

I started with a large LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1280 x 
1024. Using an HDMI to DVI cable, LH5 put out a very nice display using 
perhaps 80% of the available screen area.

In order to put an older 1024 x 768 VGA monitor into service, an HDMI to 
VGA adapter is required. For those worrying about the ability of the 
HDMI output to provide enough current to power the adapter, I can 
confirm the IOGear GVC311 HD to VGA adapter draws only 150 mA, well 
within the 200 mA rating of the diode protecting the port from reverse 
bias. The processor alone draws 300 mA, so the total current at 5 volts 
is 450 mA, allowing me to add both to the 5-volt output of the 
Thunderbolt's UPS-protected power supply.

The initial result was OK except the graph area at the bottom was only 8 
lines high, instead of the 10 lines I expected. In addition, some unused 
space appeared below the graph. Efforts to "resize" or change 
screen-edge values in the Raspbian config.txt file proved futile. 
However, right-clicking on the Panel bar at the top of the screen and 
resizing the icons to 28 pixels and the bar itself to 30 pixels did the 
trick. Now the graph area is 10 lines high and the screen is fully utilized.

Thanks, again, Mark, for a job well done.


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